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ROUND 5 PREVIEW

KALANGADOO V NANGWARRY

Kalangadoo are at home this week, taking on the Saints. Kalangadoo had a convincing 16 goal win against Tantanoola last round while the Saints were beaten by 30 goals when they took on Glencoe.

Kalangadoo have started their 2021 season campaign brilliantly and it’s hard to see Nangwarry getting close to them in their current form. Melissa Russell and Abbey Duncan are outstanding in goals and are well supported by Ebony McDiarmid when she hits the court.

They will have Nangwarry defenders Carly Ploenges and youngster Hayley Vanderhorst working extremely hard if they want to win the ball. There will be a good contest in the middle with Hayley Burner in good form for the Saints and Kalangadoo coach Jayde Peacock solid and consistent as always for the Magpies.

Cassie Dinnison works hard in goals with Ange Pratt, they will need to be accurate as Magpies defenders Chelsea Croser and Chloe Pratt are in red hot form and will snap up any missed opportunities. Kalangadoo will likely play some juniors as they have been in their first few outings, showing the exceptional depth the club has.

Kalangadoo will take the points at home.

GLENCOE V HATHERLEIGH

Glencoe take on Hatherleigh at home this week, both teams coming off good, strong wins last round. Glencoe had a 30 goal win over the Saints, while Hatherleigh trounced Kongorong by 65 goals.

Hatherleigh have been impressive so far this season but this will be their first test against a top 4 side. Junior Lacey Haines has been outstanding in the goal circle for the Eagles and is well supported by either Maddie Pulmer or the experienced Keston Green.

Sarah Faulkner and Tegan Merrett are also very clever feeders, Glencoes defensive duo of Sarah Edwards and Emily Thompson will need to be at their best to stop the supply. Donna Jaeschke and Ashlea Edwards are in good form for the Murphies and should have a good battle with Faulkner and Lara McGregor who has been in top form for the Eagles.

Sarah Broadhead and Maddie Redman have been doing some great work in defence for the Eagles and will be looking to continue their form against Glencoes strong goalies, lead by Caitlyn Hentschke.

This should be the match of the round and both coaches will be desperately looking for their team to add more points to the board. Toss a coin for this one and watch with interest!

KONGORONG V ROBE

Kongorong return home this week and take on Robe who are coming off the bye. Kongorong were soundly beaten by Hatherleigh at the weekend and will be hoping to bounce back.

Robe have had a devastating year with injuries, but this weekend they should see the return of Alannah Campbell from an ankle injury and possibly even playing coach Kimberly Austin who injured her knee in Round 1.

The Roosters Tori Gluyas has been consistent in goals and along with Sarah Laurie will keep Hawks defenders Emily Lightbody and Ella McIntyre on their toes.

Emalee Stokker for the Hawks has been a focal point in the goal circle, coach Sonya Beare has tried different goalies with Stokker, with Sarah Beare, Georgia Bald and Ella McIntyre all having a run.

The Hawks are a young and inexperienced side and do not appear to have as much depth as other clubs do. Expect them to give more juniors a run throughout the season and gain them senior experience which will hopefully benefit them in the future.

Robe to take the points this week.

PORT MACDONNELL V TANTANOOLA

Port MacDonnell head home this week and take on the Tigers. Port Mac are coming off a 39 goal loss against an impressive Mount Burr while Tantanoola suffered a 16 goal defeat against Kalangadoo.

Port Mac’s defence team of Lisa McGregor and Morgan Amy have been working well together and will need to continue that good form as they take on Emma Gould and Jami Walker for the Tigers who are both capable of big games on their day and are both accurate shooters.

Demons coach Kirby Carrison is still trying different combinations, she works well in goals with Brooke Williams but has also tried Cody Manning and youngster Keyarnah Smith in the circle.

The Tigers defence line has been working well with junior Tayla Rowe stepping up and performing well, ably assisted by Kate Bromley. Vic Lucas and Casey Walker have been in good form for the Tigers, they should have a great battle with the Demons Michelle Moore and Jess Trench.

The Demons have had a tough draw for the start of the season and will be hoping to get some points on the board in the coming weeks. Tantanoola are sitting at 2 wins, 2 losses and will also be keen to add some more points to their collection.

This will be a good game, the Tigers may just come out on top. Mount Burr has the bye.

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